April 11, 2005
What's the Proper Usage of "Ironic"
Posted by Christine Hurt

A reader points out that although my usage of "comprise" is spot-on, my statement that the proper use of the term is "more honored in the breach" is quite off.  Although I'd never paid close attention, the phrase is used to describe situations where the waiving of a custom is a more honorable practice than devotion to it.  I can't think of a good modern example, but maybe readers can.

Anyway, when I quit laughing at myself I'll be sheepish at my attempt to show off my superior writing talent.

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